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EU hits Google with €1.49 billion fine for abusive online advertising practices

European Commission has fined Google €1.49 billion ($1.7 billion) for breaching EU antitrust rules. This is the third time EU is imposing fine for Google after it was hit with €2.42 billion fine in 2017 and €4.34 billion fine last year.  This time EU says that Google has abused its market dominance by imposing a number of restrictive clauses in contracts with third-party websites which prevented Google's rivals from placing their search adverts on these websites. It added that Google's practi...
Tags: Google, News, Eu, Blogging, Commission, European Commission, Margrethe Vestager, Google EU Fine 2019, Google fine EU


Google Will Implement a Microsoft-Style Browser Picker For EU Android Devices

Back in 2009, the EU's European Commission said Microsoft was harming competition by bundling its browser -- Internet Explorer -- with Windows. Eventually Microsoft and the European Commission settled on the "browser ballot," a screen that would pop up and give users a choice of browsers. Almost 10 years later, the tech industry is going through this again, this time with Google and the EU. After receiving "feedback" from the European Commission, Google announced last night that it would offer A...
Tags: Google Chrome, Google, Europe, Microsoft, Tech, Eu, Ars Technica, European Commission, Google Search Google, European Commission Google, EU Android Devices


I don't hate US tech, snarls Euro monopoly watchdog chief – as Google slapped with €1.49bn megafine

Play fair, chaps The European Commission has concluded its third probe into Google's business practices by whacking it with a €1.49bn fine. The third investigation dealt with advertising broker services that Brussels said foreclosed competition and raised prices for website operators.…
Tags: Google, US, Software, European Commission, Brussels


I don't hate US tech, snarls Euro competition chief as Google slapped with €1.49bn megafine

Play fair, chaps The European Commission has concluded its third probe into Google's business practices by whacking it with a €1.49bn fine. The third investigation dealt with advertising broker services that Brussels said foreclosed competition and raised prices for website operators.…
Tags: Google, US, Software, European Commission, Brussels


Google slapped with massive $1.7 billion antitrust fine – its third in three years

Reports a few days ago said that Google would receive a new massive fine in Europe, and the EU on Wednesday delivered its latest ruling against the tech giant. This time around we're looking at a €1.5 billion ($1.7 billion) antitrust fine as a result of illegal practices in Google's AdSense business.The EU says that Google abused its dominant position again, this time concerning its AdSense business. The company did it for more than a decade, the European Commission explained, preventing...
Tags: Google, Europe, News, Eu, Commission, European Commission, Margrethe Vestager, Commission Users


EU Renews Calls to Facebook, Twitter to Fight Fake News

The European Commission requires “more systematic information” from platforms to check the placement of advertisements and “to better understand the effectiveness of the actions taken against bots and fake accounts,” it said in a statement on Wednesday. “We encourage online platforms to work with researchers and fact-checkers on access to live information on public pages, streams and other services, as well as on data on inauthentic accounts they have identified and removed,” EU Commissioners J...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, Eu, European Commission, Alphabet Inc, Andrus Ansip, Vera Jourova Mariya Gabriel


Google Fined $1.7 Billion for Violating EU Antitrust Laws

The European Commission's top competition regulators this morning fined Google nearly $1.7 billion, saying that Google abused its position in the market when third-party websites used its AdSense for Search product. The fine, equaling 1.49 billion euros, is only the latest that European regulators have brought against the tech giant over antitrust violations. The search...
Tags: Google, Advertising, European Commission, Publishers & Platforms, EU Antitrust Laws


Google fined €1.49bn by EU for advertising violations

Tech company has been fined total of €8.24bn by EU commission over past two yearsGoogle has been fined €1.49bn (£1.28bn) by the European commission for abusing its monopoly in online advertising.The latest fine takes the total the company has been fined by the EU competition commission to €8.24bn over the past two years, for abusing its power in markets, ranging from shopping search to mobile phone operating systems. Continue reading...
Tags: Google, Technology, Advertising, Eu, UK News, European Commission, EU Commission, EU competition Commission


Google Fined $1.7 Billion by E.U. for Blocking Rival Online Advertisers

The European Commission has fined Google €1.49 billion ($1.7 billion) for breaching E.U. antitrust rules by preventing rivals from placing their search advertisements on third-party websites. The Alphabet unit has now been hit with nearly $9.4 billion in fines by the E.U. antitrust regulator within the past two years. The regulator said Wednesday that Google, […]
Tags: Google, News, European Commission, Margrethe Vestager


European Commission slaps Google with €1.49 billion for violating EU anti-trust rules

The European Commission has fined Google €1.49 billion, or 1.29% of Google’s turnover in 2018, for breaching EU antitrust rules. The commission said that Google abused its market dominance by placing restrictions on third-party websites which prevented Google’s rivals from placing ads... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Mobile, News, Internet, Eu, European Commission, Anti-trust


Google fined $1.7 billion over a 3rd breach of EU antitrust rules in 3 years

Google was fined $1.7 billion by the European Union for its third breach of EU antitrust rules in three years. European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said the latest fine was for "illegal practices in search advertising brokering to cement its dominant market position." Google's EU fines since 2017 now total $9.4 billion. Google has been punished with a third fine by the European Union in three years. The Alphabet-owned company was fined €1.49 billion, or $1.7 billion, on Wednes...
Tags: Google, Europe, Trends, Eu, European Union, Commission, European Commission, Margrethe Vestager, Vestager, Kent Walker, CNBC Google


Google fined €1.49BN in Europe for antitrust violations in search ad brokering

The European Commission has just announced another antitrust fine for Google . The latest fine — €1.49BN (~$1.7BN) — relates to its search ad brokering business, which involves Google selling advertising space related to searches carried out on third party websites. Speaking at a press conference, EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said the search giant — “by far the biggest” search ad broker in the region, with its AdSense platform taking a share in Europe of “well above 70% si...
Tags: Travel, Google, TC, Europe, Advertising Tech, Elizabeth Warren, Eu, Policy, Commission, European Commission, Antitrust, Adsense, Google Shopping, Margrethe Vestager, Qwant, Vestager


Google fined $1.49BN in Europe for antitrust violations in search ad brokering

The European Commission has just announced another antitrust fine for Google . The latest fine — $1.49BN — relates to its search ad brokering business which competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager noted today is “by far” the company’s main source of revenue. “Today’s decision is about how Google abused its domiance to stop website’s using brokers other than the AdSense platform,” she said, noting that the Commission looked at more than 200 agreements and found at least one clause that h...
Tags: Google, TC, Europe, Advertising Tech, Tech, Eu, Policy, Commission, European Commission, Antitrust, Adsense, Google Shopping, Margrethe Vestager, Vestager, Competition Commission, Google Amazon


Ahead of third antitrust ruling, Google announces fresh tweaks to Android in Europe

Google is widely expected to be handed a third antitrust fine in Europe this week, with reports suggesting the European Commission’s decision in its long-running could land later today. Right on cue the search giant has PRed another Android product tweak — which it bills as “supporting choice and competition in Europe”. In the coming months Google says it will start prompting users of existing and new Android devices in Europe to ask which browser and search apps they would like to us...
Tags: Apple, Google, Android, Mobile, Apps, Spotify, Europe, France, Tech, Eu, European Union, Search Engines, Smartphone, Image Search, Policy, Chrome Os


Google Will Prompt European Android Users to Select Preferred Default Browser

Google announced some major changes for its Android mobile operating system in October after the European Commission hit the company with a record $5 billion antitrust fine for pre-installing its own apps and services on third-party Android phones. The European Commission accused Google of forcing Android phone manufacturers to "illegally" tie its proprietary apps and services—specifically, [Author: [email protected] (Swati Khandelwal)]
Tags: Chrome, Google Chrome, Google, Tech, European Union, European Commission, Mobile Browser, Swati Khandelwal, Antitrust Laws, Antitrust Fine, Faster Browser


Supporting choice and competition in Europe

For nearly a decade, we’ve been in discussions with the European Commission about the way some of our products work. Throughout this process, we’ve always agreed on one thing一that healthy, thriving markets are in everyone’s interest.A key characteristic of open and competitive markets一and of Google’s products一is constant change. Every year, we make thousands of changes to our products, spurred by feedback from our partners and our users. Over the last few years, we’ve also made changes一to Google...
Tags: Google, Android, Europe, Commission, European Commission, Google Shopping, Public Policy, European Commission Since


Spotify Bites Back, Calls Apple Monopolistic [Full Text Of Statement]

UPDATED: The war of words between Spotify and Apple shows no signs of abating, with the streamer issuing its latest rebuttal calling out Cupertino as "monopolistic."  In a statement, Spotify said that "Apple’s response to our complaint before the European Commission is not new and is entirely in line with our expectations." The battle began when Spoitfy filed a complaint with the European Commission over Apple App Store fees and practices.  Apple fought back and added an attack on Spotif...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Music, European Commission, Cupertino, Apple App Store, Bruce Houghton, US Copyright Royalty Board, Spoitfy


Google Seeking To Promote Rivals To Stave Off EU Antitrust Action

Google is trying to boost price comparison rivals such as Kelkoo in an effort to appease European Union antitrust regulators and ward off fresh fines following a $2.7 billion penalty nearly two years ago. "The European Commission said Alphabet unit Google had used its search engine market power to unfairly promote its own comparison shopping service," reports Reuters. From the report: The company subsequently offered to allow price-comparison rivals to bid for advertising space at the top of a s...
Tags: Google, Tech, European Union, European Commission, Alphabet, Reuters, Germany France, Kelkoo, EU Antitrust Action, Netherlands EU


The Spotify Apple Issue

Many people who follow tech know that Spotify has filed a complaint with the European Commission regarding the challenges that Spotify has doing business in the iOS app store. I am very sympathetic to Spotify’s complaint. In my post last week on The Warren Breakup Plan, I wrote: The mobile app stores, in particular, have always seemed to me to be a constraint on innovation vs a contributor to it. Spotify has a huge user base and brings in billions of dollars of revenues every year but i...
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Spotify, Music, Trends, Policy, European Commission, Warren, Albert, Albert Wenger


Apple kerfuffles, praise groups, and media layoffs

Lots of news and interesting tidbits to wrap up the week. Apple kerfuffles Apple has been vindicated (for a brief moment anyway) in its long-standing dispute with Qualcomm. From Stephen Nellis at Reuters: A U.S. federal judge has issued a preliminary ruling that Qualcomm Inc owes Apple Inc nearly $1 billion in patent royalty rebate payments, though the decision is unlikely to result in Qualcomm writing a check to Apple because of other developments in the dispute. Judge Gonzalo Curiel of the ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Asia, Spotify, Media, China, Tech, European Commission, Tumblr, Chris Morris, Qualcomm, Apple Inc, Reuters, Qualcomm Inc, Agarwal, SimilarWeb


EU Expected To Hit Google with Another Massive Antitrust Fine

If you thought the European Commission was done hitting Google with massive fines, think again. From a report: Having already whacked the U.S. company with a $2.7 billion fine in 2017 (for disadvantaging comparison-shopping rivals in its search results) and a $5 billion fine last year (for disadvantaging software rivals in the Android ecosystem,) the Commission will reportedly issue another financial penalty next week. The fine's imminent nature was reported Friday by the Financial Times, citing...
Tags: Google, Tech, Eu, Commission, European Commission, Financial Times


'Let’s clear this one up right away': Apple throws jabs at Spotify's complaint in Europe

Apple fired back at Spotify after the music streaming company filed a complaint against the iPhone maker with the European Commission.            [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Europe, Usa, News, European Commission, Usa Today


Spotify Responds to Apple’s Response Over App Store Flap, Calls Company a ‘Monopolist’

In Friday’s early hours, Spotify and Apple traded potshots in their ongoing battle over the App Store. That conflict centers around Spotify’s longstanding complaint that Apple charges excessive fees, routinely blocks Spotify upgrades and unfairly promotes its own streaming service in its App Store; early Wednesday, Spotify lodged an anti-competition complaint with the European Commission […]
Tags: Apple, Spotify, News, European Commission, App Store Flap Calls Company


Apple Attacks Spotify For 'Trying To Squeeze Musicians, Songwriters' As App Dispute Escalates

UPDATED: Apple has attacked Spotify for "making ever-smaller contributions to the artists, musicians and songwriters - even going so far as to take these creators to court." in an escalating battle that began over app store fees and practices. In a lengthy and strongly worded statement, Apple pushed back after Spotify filed an anti-trust complaint against Apple with the European Commission. "In recent years, Apple has introduced rules to the App Store that purposely limit choice and stif...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Spotify, Music, Eu, EK, European Commission, Streaming, App Store, Daniel Ek, Apple Music, Music Business, Music Tech, Songwriters, Bruce Houghton, Copyright Royalty Board


Full Text Of Apple's Statement Blasting Spotify With All The Nasty Bits Highlighted

Apple Music has gone on the offensive with an uncharacteristically strong statement "Addressing Spotify’s claims," after the streamer filed a complaint with the European Commission over Apple App Store fees and practices.To make sure you that you don' t miss the many nasty parts, we've added some highlights.   _______________________________________   From Apple:   Addressing Spotify’s claims   We believe that technology achieves its true potential when we in...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Music, Siri, European Commission, Apple Watch, App Store, Apple App Store, Apple Apps, Bruce Houghton, US Copyright Royalty Board


Google has already been hit with $7 billion in EU antitrust fines. Now it's reportedly facing a third.

The EU is gearing up to fine Google once again, sources told the Financial Times. EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager will reportedly announce the fine next week following an investigation into Google's AdSense business. The Commission has slapped Google with over $7 billion in fines over the past two years. The European Commission is gearing up to fine Google once again, the Financial Times reports. The tech giant has been stung by Europe's competition watchdog twice in the last t...
Tags: Google, Europe, Trends, Eu, Commission, European Commission, Financial Times, Margrethe Vestager, Financial Times EU


Who are you siding with in the Spotify-Apple antitrust war?

Earlier this week, Spotify filed an antitrust complaint with the European Commission against Apple, claiming that the company – which runs the App Store for iOS software – treats rivals to its own services unfairly, with a range of restrictions and demands. Naturally, with more than 200 million users worldwide, Spotify was able to get Apple’s attention. The iPhone maker has since responded with a scathing statement that made Spotify look stupid, and a touch deceitful. At the same time, Spotify m...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Spotify, European Commission


Google faces third EU antitrust fine next week: source

Alphabet unit Google is likely to be hit with a third EU antitrust fine next week related to its AdSense advertising service, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday, with the sanction expected to be much smaller than previous fines. The European Commission in 2016 opened a third case against the world's most popular internet search engine by accusing Google of preventing third parties using its AdSense product from displaying search advertisements from Google's competitors. It said t...
Tags: Google, News, Eu, European Commission


Apple Accuses Spotify of ‘Misleading Rhetoric’ and Stinginess

Apple hit back Friday at Spotify’s anti-competition complaint against it in Europe, saying the music streamer had cloaked its “financial motivations in misleading rhetoric about who we are, what we’ve built and what we do to support independent developers, musicians, songwriters and creators of all stripes.” The tech giant said that “Spotify wouldn’t be the […]
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Europe, News, Global, European Commission


Apple Attacks Spotify For 'Tying To Squeeze... Artists Musicians, Songwriters' As App Dispute Escalates

Apple attacked Spotify for "making ever-smaller contributions to the artists, musicians and songwriters - even going so far as to take these creators to court." on Thursday in an escalating battle that began over app store fees and practices. In a lengthy and strongly worded statement, Apple pushed back after Spotify filed an anti-trust complaint against Apple with the European Commission. "In recent years, Apple has introduced rules to the App Store that purposely limit choice and stifl...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Spotify, Music, Eu, EK, European Commission, Streaming, App Store, Daniel Ek, Apple Music, Music Business, Music Tech, Songwriters, Bruce Houghton, Copyright Royalty Board



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